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What are Royal Mail up to

Friday, 26 April 2013

My chrysanthemum orders went out from early February and late March. However I posted one late parcel after 1st April when Royal Mails new prices had taken effect.  They've come up with a slot like they use for letters. My box is now a MEDIUM PARCEL and cost £5.60 for under 1 kg.  I contacted my box supplier and they are well aware of Royal Mail's new size guide. They sent me 3 samples of boxes that fall into the SMALL PARCEL at a £3.00 charge.  Two of these boxes have a much bigger volume than my 4 inch x 4 inch x 13 inch box that is now falling foul of Royal Mail's SMALL PARCEL size.

Now I've got to make a decision.  Either burn 3 or 4 hundred boxes and restock with the new shallower boxes, and prey Royal Mail don't come up with another scheme that causes me yet another problem.  Or find an alternative carrier.  I've found one closer to home than the Post Office, that guarantees next day delivery, any size box under 2 kilograms for £3.99.

Its a bit of a no brainer really. All those customers who I had to send two boxes to, could now go in one bigger box and all the others can go in my old boxes. all under 2KG for £3.99. So by doing this I won't have to put my Post & Packing prices up.


The bottom box is one the largest size that will go through Royal Mail's SMALL PARCEL Slot. The top box is my normal box that I've been using for many years, now a MEDIUM PARCEL.  I bet like me you cant believe it.  You couldn't make it up. If Royal Mail was your business would you do something like this.

I still can't believe it's true.

All the boxes on the left would qualify as SMALL PARCELS while my old box on the right has to go as a MEDIUM PARCEL.  No it's not April Fool's Day.


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It's a busy time in the garden

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

It really is a busy time and to top it off I've had a really heavy cold.  My energy levels are low and I have a lot of jobs falling behind.   It's a great relief to see the end of the continuous frosty nights.  I've cultivated the garden and planted my potatoes, now I need to plant out some other vegetable plants I have here.

I'm in the midst of getting my onion bed ready in the tunnel and tomorrow when I finish I will close it up for a week to warm the soil before planting out.

The chrysanthemums are all in 5 & 6 inch pots in the cold-frames and the carnations are ready for potting on, so I must get on with mixing the compost.


Garden cultivated and ready for planting.


Most of the Chrysanthemums are out in the cold-frames, now there's room to start potting the carnations

Cold Frames

Peggy Ann


Onions & Leeks are lagging behind.

Getting ready to plant out onions.

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R.H.S. Growing Succes Talk, A first for the Rhondda Valley and a great success.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

What a good night we had last night at the Maes-yr-Haf Hall, Trealaw.  It was a privilege to be there to hear someone who really knows her subject.  I'm sure anyone who is remotely interested in growing herbs is now hooked.  Personally I'm quite looking forward to visiting Jekka's Herboretum. 

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R.H.S. Growing Succes Talk

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The Rhondda Gardening Clubs have an R.H.S. Growing Success Talk on Wednesday 17th April 2013 at 7.15pm at the Maes yr Haf Hall, Brithweunydd Road, Trealaw, Rhondda CF40 2UD  Tickets £5 RHS Members, £6 Non Members. 

The speaker is Jekka McVicar the Herb expert from Alverston, Avon.  Jekka runs a Herb Nursery and has won numerous awards at RHS shows, she is acknowledged as one of the countries herb experts.  The talk will be 'Growing Herbs & Herbs at RHS Shows. 


Tickets from Ivor Mace, 01443 775531.  or send to 2 Mace Lane, Ynyswen, Treorci, Rhondda, CF42 6DS


Jekka's exhibit in the 2007 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower show, her exhibit was awarded the Tudor Rose Award for best trade stand in show.



Posted by: at 23:17

New Link

Saturday, 09 March 2013

A new link has been added, its to Solufeed's website, this link will take you directly to the Microlife's sales page (Microlife and Antagon have the same beneficial Fungi)  I use this as a base fertiliser when mixing my potting composts.  I use 50% Microlife & 50% Medwyns Complete Base Fertiliser.  This is what I mix:-

60% moss peat

20 grit% Perlite or course

20% Sterilised loam.  

To every bushel (8 gallons) I add 2oz Calcified seaweed, 2oz Ground Limestone, 2oz Medwyns Complete Base Fertiliser, 2oz Microlife. This makes a compost of a John Innes number 1 strength. To make a John Innes number 2 just double the Microlife and Medwyns Complete Fertiliser. Keep the Calcified Seaweed and Ground Limestone unchanged. I never use a John Innes number 3.  After 4 weeks I feed with a Soluble feed at half strength. 

There is a good range of soluble feeds on the Solufeed website.

I've also added a link to Medwyn's of Anglesey and Chemigro a sister company to Solufeed. I'm often asked for a control of Mare's-tail and Japanese Knotweed. Well Chemigro have the weed killers to help you.  They also stock spraying equipment.



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